UAE: UN expresses deep concern for princess Latifa

No 'proof of life' yet

09 April, 17:03

    (ANSAmed) - GENEVA, APRIL 9 - The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed deep concern for the fate of princess Latifa, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai who has claimed that she is held captive and fears for her life. The organization said it hasn't received any proof of life so far, as repeatedly requested.

    UN spokesperson Marta Hurtado during a briefing in Geneva expressed concern for the fate of Latifa and her sister Shamsa, responding to a question. "We haven't got any proof of life", she said.

    The UN office and UAE were in contact in Geneva, said Hurtado, and a meeting was agreed in principle to discuss the fate of princess Latifa and her sister, but no date has been set yet.

    The UN on February 19 said that it had requested to the United Arab Emirates proof of life of the 35-year-old princess, daughter of Mohammed ben Rached al-Maktoum, leader of the emirate of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.

    The woman had unsuccessfully tried to flee by boat in 2018 before being taken back.

    The BBC broadcast a video in which she said she was being forcibly held in a villa "transformed into a prison" with all the windows barred shut and that she was under police surveillance. According to the British broadcaster, the video was filmed about a year ago after her attempt to flee. On February 19, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in London released a statement saying that "her family has confirmed that Her Royal Highness is assisted at home, with the support of her family and medical professionals. Her condition is continuing to improve and we hope that she will resume public life in due course".(ANSAmed).

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